Hundreds of people in British Columbia completed a 75-kilometre march yesterday in protest of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The four-day march called Walk For the Salish Sea ended with a rally in Burnaby and included speeches from Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.
The proposed pipeline, which Texas-based Kinder Morgan recently gave a conditional financial go-ahead, will triple the amount of Alberta oil that flows to B.C.’s coast and increase tanker traffic by seven-fold.
Rally organizer Joel Ornoy says the pipeline poses a serious risk for the environment, nearby residents and economy, and added the event raised thousands of dollars for Indigenous groups battling the project in the courts.
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation also launched a new campaign targeting potential investors in the Kinder Morgan pipeline highlighting the legal and political risks of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline ahead of the company’s IPO tomorrow.
It’s unclear whether the pipeline will continue with the announcement that the NDP and Green Party will form a minority coalition as both parties have come out against the project.
(With files from The Canadian Press)